Finding The Right Cake Pan For Your Recipe

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You may be baking a cake for your friend’s upcoming birthday party and everything is going great. You have all of the ingredients set out, you’ve whipped the batter together, now all you need to do is pour it into the baking pan and pop it in the oven! But that’s when you realize that the recipe calls for a round cake pan when you only have a square one. What now? Worry no more: It’s usually possible to use another cake pan equivalent with comparable volume and depth, depending on the particular recipe you’re following.

Cooking with Different Baking Pans

When choosing a different cake pa than what your recipe calls for, have a few things in mind:

  • The cooking time will likely need to be altered, so keep a watchful eye
  • Deeper pans may need more time in the oven
  • Shallow pans may need less baking time
  • Filling a pan to the halfway mark will ensure that the cake rises evenly
  • Comparing measurement to volume can help you determine how much batter you’ll need
  • It’s better to have more batter than not enough – remaining batter can be used to bake other sweet treats, like cupcakes!

Recipes commonly call for baking pans like pie plates, cake pans muffin tins, or loaf pans. But if you need to make some substitutions, check out our chart below for the correct pan equivalents to use:

For an 8-inch round cake pan…Equivalent Cake Pans

  • 1, 8×4-inch loaf pan
  • 1, 9-inch round cake pan
  • 1, 9-inch pie plate

For a 9-inch round cake pan…

  • 1, 8-inch round cake pan
  • 1, 8×4-inch loaf pan
  • 1, 11×7-inch baking dish

For a 10-inch round cake pan….

  • 2, 8-inch round cake pans
  • 1, 9-inch tube panEquivalents for Tube Pan
  • 1, 10-inch springform pan

For a 9-inch tube pan…

  • 2, 9-inch round cake pans
  • 2, 8-inch round cake pans
  • 1, 10-inch Bundt pan

For a 10 -inch tube pan…

  • 3, 9-inch round cake pans
  • 2, 10-inch pie plates
  • 2, 9-inch deep-dish pie plates
  • 4, 8-inch pie plates
  • 2, 9×5-inch loaf pans
  • 2, 8-inch square baking dishes
  • 2, 9-inch square baking dishes

For a 10-inch Bundt pan…

Cake pan equivalents | CHEFS MIx

  • 1, 9×13-inch baking dish
  • 2, 9-inch round cake pans
  • 2, 8-inch round cake pans
  • 1, 9-inch tube pan
  • 2, 11×17-inch baking dishes
  • 1, 10-inch springform pan

For an 11x7x2-inch baking dish…

  • 1, 8-inch square baking dish
  • 1, 9-inch square baking dish
  • 1, 9-inch round cake pan

For a 9x13x2-inch baking dish…Loaf Pan Equivalents | CHEFS Mix

  • 1, 10-inch Bundt cake pan
  • 2, 9-inch round cake pans
  • 3, 8-inch round cake pans
  • 1, 10×15-inch jellyroll pan

For a 10x15x1-inch jellyroll pan…

  • 1, 10-inch Bundt pan
  • 2, 9-inch round cake pans
  • 2, 8-inch round cake pans
  • 1, 9×13-inch baking dish

For a 9×5-inch loaf pan…

  • 1, 9×2-inch deep-dish pie plate
  • 1, 10-inch pie plate
  • 1, 8-inch square baking dish
  • 1, 9-inch square baking dish

For an 8×4-inch loaf pan…

  • 1, 8-inch round cake pan
  • 1, 11×7-inch baking dish

For a 9-inch springform pan…

  • Tube Cake equivalents | CHEFS Mix1, 10-inch round cake pan
  • 1, 10-inch springform pan
  • 2, 8-inch round cake pans
  • 2, 9-inch round cake pans

For a 10-inch springform pan…

  • 2, 8×4-inch loaf pans
  • 1, 9-inch tube pan
  • 2, 9-inch round cake pans
  • 1, 10-inch Bundt pan
  • 2, 11×7-inch baking dishes
  • 2, 8-inch round cake pans

For an 8-inch square baking dish…

  • 1, 9×2-inch deep-dish pie plate
  • 1, 9×5-inch loaf pan
  • 2, 8-inch pie plates

For a 9-inch square baking dish…

  • 1, 11×7-inch baking dish
  • 1, 9×2-inch deep-dish pie plate
  • 1, 9×5-inch loaf pan
  • 2, 8-inch pie plates

Top Cake Pans

Now that you know which pan to use for your recipe, make sure you have a pan that’s going to help your sweet treat turn out like it does in the magazines.

If you’re making a cheesecake, springform pans are often the best to use. Cuisinart Chef’s Classic Springform Cake Pan is equipped with a superior nonstick coating and easy release buckle to reveal the perfect cheesecake.

Cake and Baking Pans | CHEFS MixIf you’re looking to make a Bundt cake, the right pan is essential. Nordic Ware’s Bundt Pan will make removing the cake an easy task with modern nonstick lining.

Layer cakes often call for round cake pans. USA Pans Round Cake Pan is perfect for making a flawless layer cake. With the nonstick Americoat Plus surface, cakes will come out clean every time. If you’re opting to bake a squared layer cake for a special occasion, Fat Daddio’s Square Anodized Aluminum Cake Pan Set is the perfect tool to help your cakes turn out looking great.

Tube pans are perfect for baking delicious angel food cake. You can make a fluffy and moist creation with Chicago Metallic Nonstick Angel Food Cake Pan. Not only does it have a nonstick finish, it is perfect for all types of bread and meatloaf, so no need to get out another pan!

For sweet treats like banana bread, professional bakers and home cooks prefer pans with aluminized steel surfaces like USA Pans Aluminized Steel Loaf Pan. The nonstick aluminum surface allows for quick release and long-lasting durability.

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